Las Vegas( CNN) Thousands of telephones are held aloft, their suns flickering as crowds sing “God Bless America” along with duo Big& Rich.
Bartender Heather Gooze knows customers by name, chuckling and joking in the party atmosphere all around.
Performer Bryan Hopkins takes photos with fans before squeezing into the front rows to watch the final act, Jason Aldean.
Caren Mansholt and her boyfriend grab beverages and settle into bleachers to the right of the towering open-air stage.
Michael and Jamie Goguen are at the festival for the third hour. They’re in the VIP section and basking in their vantage point.
Bowdien Derby apologizes after spilling beer on a young lady. His brother-in-law Madison Viray giggles with him before heading further from the stage for a quick catnap on the AstroTurf. He wakes to the thunder as Aldean takes the stage.
It is a little after 10 on Sunday night.
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